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ayotte. >> one of the heroes who voted to block the gun bill. >> against expanded background checks. >> having to answer for her vote. >> kelly ayotte experienced a 15-point slide. >> senator toomey has seen a significant bump. >> this expanded background check was supported. >> the american people are for background checks. >> what happened here was not a policy position. >> we know that america is divided. >> divided government is a recipe for gridlock. >> you're there for certain reasons. if you cannot come to terms, i'm not sure why you're in office. >> come on. >> you don't miss it at all, do you? >> i don't. >> yeah. >> not one minute. >>> united states senators who voted against the modest bipartisan legislation to expand background checks are finding out firsthand from voters that it is not over. new hampshire republican kelly ayotte, who had a confrontation at a town hall tuesday with the daughter of a victim of the newtown massacre was pressed about her vote and another town hall today. >> i received your four-page letter regarding guns and background checks. i really don'
ayotte has done 22 town hall meetings, but this was different. >> they may work for you, but -- [ shouting ] >> reporter: home in new hampshire tuesday after her no vote on expanded background checks for commercial gun sales. >> mental health is the one thing i hope we can agree on going forward. >> reporter: critics call her position a political disconnect. >> she wasn't voting for what the people had decided they wanted. she voted for the republican nra party line. >> reporter: in another politically charged moment summer 2009, town hall meetings became a potent tool. then it was health care reform. the late arlen specter came under attack. >> your cronies in the government do this kind of stuff all the time. >> reporter: but are lawmakers facing that kind of heat over gun reform? like ayotte, also a no vote, arizona republican jeff flake took to facebook to acknowledge his sudden drop in voter approval. given the public's dim view of congress in general, that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum. and the ad war is on. though ayotte isn't up for re-election
showdown for senator kelly ayotte as gun control groups confront her on a no vote on the gun bill. >>o prescription need. the fda approved the morning after pill for girls 15 and older. >>> plus atlanta's plans for one of the coolest stadiums ever. the world's smallest stop motion movie made with individual atoms. and weather that could pack a wallop. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, may 1st. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm mara schiavocampo. >>> president obama is taking his push for immigration reform to mexico. here at home he says don't count him out on gun control and fixes the budget as the president used his 100th day in office to define his stan on syrian intervention and guantanamo bay. tracie potts is live in washington with all the details. >> reporter: as you can hear, there's a lot going on with this second term agenda the president trying to deal with it all and in anticipation of this trip to mexico, immigration reform he thinks has a pretty good chance of passing unlike gun control, unlike the budget issue with those seq
has moved to new hampshire. there was a drama at a town hall meeting at senator kelly ayotte. the freshman senator was confronted by the daughter of the school principal who was killed in the sandy hook massacre. take a listen. >> you had mentioned that day the burden on owners of gun stores that the expand background checks would cause. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the hallway of her elementary school isn't as important as that. why is that not something that you can support? >> erica, certainly let me just say that i'm obviously so sorry and as everyone here, no matter what our views are, for what you have been through. i think that ultimately when we look at what happened in sandy hook, i understand that's what drove this whole discussion. all of us want to make sure that doesn't happen again. >> now, ayotte is one of six senators who are experiencing repurr cushions from voting against background checks. she's now facing angry voters back home and a coordinated effort by gun control groups to turn her vote into a political liability.
town hall since voting against a comprehensive measure, new hampshire republican senator kelly ayotte was questioned about why he voted against the voter legislation be heard. >> because they haven't filled out a card. i have a question but it's based upon something that was said. >> let me just say i do every town hall meeting this way and we have a process and we'll get to as many people as we can, so -- >> you don't want to regulate guns? >> three minutes after that she got a question from erica lafferty, daughter of the slain principal at sandy hook elementary school. >> you mentioned that day, owners of gun stores be expanded background checks. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in elementary school isn't as important as that? why is that not something to be supported? >> erica, i'm certainly -- let me just say that i'm obviously so sorry. and as everyone here, no matter our views, what you have been through. the issue wasn't a background check system. >> and our second town hall that same night ayotte got another one. >> the elephant in the living r
ayotte of new hampshire being questioned by the daughter of her mother who had had been gunned down by sandy hook. the daughter walked out of room saying, she had had enough." sam stein is with us this morning and columnist for the bloomberg view, al hunt. we talk about that in a minute. obviously very emotional yesterday but, first, sam, you were at the white house yesterday. the president held a press conference. not great reviews for the president. jonathan coral, i think, asked a question and let's start the press conference with this and tell me what was going on. >> you still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through this congress? >> if you put it that way, jonathan, maybe i should just pack up and go home. golly. as mark twain said, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated. >> but maureen dowd saying it is the president's job to get the congress to behave. to get the congress to do what he wants them to do it's called leadership. he thinks he can do his thing from the balcony and everyone else will follow along and now how it works and dana millbank and ho
hampshire senator kelly ayotte, one of the heroes who voted to block the gun bill that would have expanded background checks and made americans wait 30 minutes after eating before firing a gun in a pool. well, yesterday, the senator was caught in an emotional cross fire when ambushed at a town hall by the daughter of the principal who was slain at sandy hook. >> you had mentioned that the owners of gun stores that expanded background checks would cause. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn't as important as that. >> stephen: is it over? folks, i'm telling you, we cannot underestimate the danger posed by the victims of gun violence. they are sympathetic figures who are fanatically committed to having someone do something and their numbers are growing every day. that's why senator joe manchin who cosponsored the original background check bill has vowed to reintroduce it all on the flimsy excuse that over 90% of americans want it. making it slightly more popular than nacho cheese and reach-arounds. not to mention nacho reac
murkowski down 16 points from the february approval rating. and kelly ayotte, the net drop is particularly stark. her approval rating has dropped a net 15 points since the last time checked in november. and 50% of new hampshire voters and polling out last week say her no vote on background checks will make them less likely to support her in the future. you can tell how serious these numbers are being taken because in the case of kelly ayotte, the folks at the nra who are not, let's say, politically naive, feel they need to provide her with political coverage firming up these radio ads defending her against expanded background checks. >> senator kelly ayotte is focused on meaningful bipartisan solutions to our nation's problems. that's because kelly ayotte is not just a senator, she's also a mom who cares about protecting our kids. it's why kelly had the courage to oppose misguided gun control laws that would not have prevented sandy hook. >> and this remarkable and surprising polling relates to another key bit of electoral analysis out today, which is that we now know in last year's presid
, senator kelly ayotte was questioned in a new hampshire town hall meeting again about her vote against expanded background checks. take a look. >> i really don't understand. it doesn't make sense to me. what is wrong with universal background checks? >> okay. thank you, john. i will tell you in terms of a universal background check as it's been framed, i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry that will create a privacy situation for lawful firearms owners. >> was. >> how do they stick to that story? what is the logic when it's a complete -- >> that i want to know. can anyone be devil's advocate here? >> what she said is completely untrue. a felon to -- >> up to jail time to create a registry. do you still -- >> how does she go to a town hall? i have to be careful here. but unprepared like that? >> she is prepared to twist the tuj. >> she just doesn't -- >> is that really what -- okay. >> if she told the truth, she couldn't defend her vote. >> alex, will you get more tape? i want to hear more. >> here is the good news, guys. >> i don't understand. >> not necessarily all
killed at sandy hook confronted kelly ayotte at a town hall meeting and asked why senator ayotte helped filibuster the bill expanding background checks for gun buyers. >> you had mentioned that day the burden of the owners, background checks would help. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the hallway of an elementary school isn't as important. >> john: senator ayotte's answer veered, you won't be surprised, off of the issue on to mental health. but that probably won't help her much. she and five other senators who held a block having a vote on background checks have seen their poll numbers drop. senator jeff flake of arizona specifically blames his vote for helping him become the least popular sitting senator in america. it also probably didn't help that he told the mother of an aurora shooting victim he supported background checks before helping to block the bill. in the meantime, senator pat toomey of pennsylvania, a republican a conservative republican, saw his numbers go up, my friends after he cosponsored the bill. are you sensing a pattern here? let
keltikangas-jarvinenkesenator k ayotte was confronted. >> you had mentioned that day, owners of gun stores, that the extended background checks would pass. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the hall of her elementary school isn't as important as that. why is that not something that can be supported? >> erica, i'm certainly let me just say, that i'm obviously so sorry, as everyone here, no matter what our views are, for what you have been through. and i think that ultimately when we look at what happened in sandy hook, i understand that's what drove this whole discussion, all of us want to make sure that that doesn't happen again. one poll shows senator ayotte's approval has gone down 15% since her no-vote. joining me now michael smerconish. msnbc political analyst and boom blurring columnist, thank you all for joining us. michael, the town happen halls, the tea party fought viciously what they called obama care. we heard those people, get your hand off my medicare. they were fired up and town halls captured our attention over the summer. might we see the s
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discreetly and at the local level. republican senator kelly ayotte returned home this week. and at every town hall she's held, she's faced a grilling by her constituents about her vote against universal background checks. >> i really don't understand -- it doesn't make sense to me, what is wrong with universal background checks? >> okay, thank you, john. >> i will tell you in terms of a universal background check, as it's been framed, i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry. that will create a privacy situation for lawful firearms owners. >> ayotte's conspiracy theory regarding a national gun registry is best refuted by the actual bill. which would have made the storage of gun records a felony. with a 15-year prison sentence. the absurdity of ayotte's reasoning was even apparent to senate zealot ted cruz, who last month told talking points memo, that i don't disagree that on its face the current legislation does not purport to create a national gun registry. the change in attitudes is even more apparent. >> i would like to thank you, so much for your vote on the manchin/toom
ayotte. >> on that point, here's senator kelly ayotte from new hampshire, who's had a rough couple of days facing constituents. earlier in the week, she was confronted by the daughter of the newtown principal killed in the massacre. let's watch this again. this is a new one. >> you really don't understand, it doesn't make sense to me. what is wrong with universal background checks? >> thank you, john. >> i will tell you in terms of a universal background check as it's been framed. i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry that will create a privacy situation for lawful firearms owners, however, i do believe that our current system should be fixed. >> it was an entirely different story for john mccain. he was applauded yesterday for his support of the background checks legislation. this is pam simons, a former staffer to congresswoman giffords. she, too, was shot that day in 2011 by jared loughner. she had something she wanted to tell mccain. >> i would like to thank you so much for your vote on the -- >> after the event, she and the other survivors gave senator mcca
's really short, between kelly ayotte and one of her constituents at a town hall meeting in new hampshire. >> i have a question and it's based something that was said -- >> let me just say i do every town hall meeting this way and have a process and we will get to as many questions as we can so -- >> we don't want to regulate guns. >> well -- >> that was today in northern new hampshire. turns out that senate vote to filibuster background checks for gun sales, turns out that vote was not taken anonymously. people know how people voted on that. the political price of that vote is starting to get rung up. that's coming up in just a moment. [ male announcer ] if you can clear a crowd but not your nasal congestion, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter. >> ten years ago tomorrow, president george w. bush pretended to land a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. he was wearing a flight suit. he went inside and changed into a suit so he could stand behind this pod
some of the senators that voted against background checks. especially what happened with kelly ayotte when confronted but one of the family members of the victims of sandy hook. don't miss that. just be grateful current tv does not come in smellivision. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. into vote against background checks really hurt a lot of senators their polls have been dropping. kelly ayotte is one who was hurt most the republican from new hampshire, she lost 15 points at the polls, which is amazing. even more dramatic moment happened when one of the family members erica lafferty was there. her mother, dawn lafferty, had been killed. she was principal of the school. she wanted to ask senator ayotte a question. >> you had mentioned that you cost that background checks would cost. i wonder why my mother being gunned down in the hall of her elementary school was not important, why is she not being supported. >> cenk: that's a great question. and kelly ayotte does not vote onthat way but on what will help her or hurt her. >> i'm so
to say about the newtown victims' daughter who confronted kelly ayotte at a town hall for her vote against background checks. michael says, "good for her. i love it when people leak ayotte get confronted with the truth." this is what we all have to do and we have the opportunity. call them out on their votes. and joe says, "they will be held account nl for the accountable for their votes with our votes." he's right. we'll explain that one next. first, we want to hear what you think. please head over to facebook and search "politicsnation" and "le "like" us to keep the conversation going long after the show ends. not bad. this tree has deep roots, strong limbs... things are perched and not pinned. nicely done. the boys love it. they are up there day and night. well that might be because you overlooked one thing... what? it looks into your neighbor's window. ohhh boy. hel-lo, mrs. kozlowski. boys? i'm gonna get the hose. [ dennis ] home insurance with do-it-yourself tips? that's allstate home insurance. great protection plus helpful advice to make life better. talk to an allstate age
to new hampshire to confront kelly ayotte who voted against the gun control bill. >> i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the elementary school isn't important? >> i felt the enhanced improvements to our background checks system, as you and i both know, the issue wasn't a background check system issue in sandy hook. >> reporter: erica lafferty didn't just do this on her own. she was send by the group mayors against gun control. mayor bloomberg also plans to launch this tv ad thursday. >> senator ayotte is giving criminals a past. >> reporter: it's trying to ep could the gun control issue alive despite losing a pof voe tall vote two weeks ago to expand background checks. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> reporter: in order to find the 60 votes needed to pass a background check bill, supporters need to change some half a dozen senate minds. they're going after these senators, republicans and democrats. >> mr. bachus -- >> reporter: montana's max bachus was one of four senate tors to vote no. >> i aimed my handgun at the door. handguns can protect us. we'
school and killed there in december. she wasn't the only one who showed up to ask senator ayotte some rather pointed questions this week about her gun vote. regular folks, too, showed up wanting to know why senator ayotte voted the way she did. at the town hall, it wasn't the question that was most notable, the senator's answer that's getting all the attention. >> i received your four-page letter regarding guns and background checks. i really don't understand. it doesn't make sense to me. what is wrong with universal background checks? >> okay. thank you, john. >> thank you, john. you know, john, i know obviously we've known each other for a couple years. i have a lot of respect for you. and on this issue, my -- i've described it for you, but i will tell you, in terms of a universal background check, as it's been framed, i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry that will create a privacy situation for lawful firearms owners. >> seriously, senator. i have a lot of concerns that leading to a registry that will create a privacy situation. translation, i bought into the c
to be associated with them, especially if i'm a pat toomey or kelly ayotte that seems to be shaken from the response she's gotten in a purple state. >> here's senator kelly ayotte who has a rough couple of days facing constituents after voting down against background checks. she was confronted by the newtown principal's daughter who was killed in the massacre defending her students. yesterday she faced more heated backlash. let's look at this one. this is a new one. >> i really don't understand -- it doesn't make since to me. what is wrong with universal background checks? >> thank you. i will tell you in terms of a universal background check, as it's been framed, i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry that will create a privacy situation for lawful firearms owners. however, i do believe that our current system should be fixed. >> an entirely different story for john mccain who was applauded yesterday for his support of the background check legislation. take a look at this. this is a former staffer to congresswoman giffords. let's watch this in her play. >> i would li
feeling the pinch of the vote against gun control. senator kelli ayotte back home, down 15 points in the polls after that vote. >> tracie potts live from washington, thanks so much for that. >>> new information on the boston bombings. investigators say the marathon was not the original target. suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev reportedly told fbi officials he and his older brother tamerlan originally planned to attack on the 4th of july but they moved it up after they finished their bomb early. they then decided on the marathon as their target. the explosives were built in cambridge. family members finally claimed tamerlan's body transferring it it to a funeral home outside boston. he was killed two weeks ago during a shootout with police. >>> also new this morning, we're learning the number of names added to a data base used to track terrorists has spiked. 875,000 names are now on that list including tamerlan tsarnaev, who was added in 2011. >>> president obama was in mexico thursday highlighting his push for immigration reform. speaking alongside the mexican president, he praised the re
of tape for you, it's really short, between kelly ayotte and one of her consistetituents at a town meeting in new hampshire. >> i have a question and it's based something that was said -- >> let me just say i do every town hall meeting this way and have a process and we will get to as many questions as we can so -- >> we don't want to regulate guns. >> well -- >> that was today in northern new hampshire. turns out that senate vote to filibuster background checks for gun sales, turns out that vote was not taken anonymously. people know how people voted on that. the political price of that vote is starting to get rung up. that's coming up in just a moment. [ tires screech ] [ beeping ] ♪ [ male announcer ] we don't just certify our pre-owned vehicles. we inspect, analyze and recondition each one, until it's nothing short of a genuine certified pre-owned... mercedes-benz for the next new owner. ♪ hurry in to your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for 1.99% financing during our certified pre-owned sales event through april 30th. ♪ there you go. come on, let's play! [ male announcer ] there
during this congressional recess. >> reporter: new hampshire republican senator kelly ayotte defended her vote two weeks ago against expanded background checks at gun shows and online. >> what is wrong with universal background checks? >> i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry that will create a privacy situation for lawful firearms owners. >> reporter: earlier this week at another town hall ayotte-- a former state attorney general-- was confronted by erica laugherty, the daughter of murdered sandy hook principal dawn hochsprung. hochsprung. >> i'm obviously very sorry for what you have been through. if the legislation that was on the floor and the background check system was-- and i understand the facts-- certainly wouldn't have solved what we need to do. >> reporter: laugherty told us today she has heard that before in washington. >> that's her avoiding the question just as she did in her office and just as i assumed that she would do again. but it was absolutely worth a shot to try to get some sort of backup from her, you know? some sort of answer. >> reporter: pro g
a sense that senator ayotte may have been prepared, knew something like that was coming with erica in the room? >> she knew that something was coming. there were folks prepared with signs from both sides, hand-written signs supporting her. her staff knew this was going to be the focus. she kicked off with a powerpoint that was focused on expanded background checks. they didn't know that erica lafferty herself was going to be there. they were less prepared for that particular really emotional moment in the room. there was another heckler that shouted at the senator, who the room then shouted down. of course, when the daughter of that newtown victim stood up and started talking with the senator, there was silence. >> you know, certainly right now, as the senator pointed out there, there is compassion for what erica lafferty, other families of newtown have gone through, other gun violence families, what they've suffered through. right now the nra is airing new ads in support of kelly ayotte. she isn't the only senator, we want to point out, who's seen a noticeable drop in their approv
ayotte faced what could likely be the first of some difficult confrontations about her vote against background checks for gun buyers. and the question came from erica lafferty, whose own mother was principal of sandy hook elementary school and was among those, well, in her case courage sli murdered by gunman adam lanza. let's listen to their exchange. >> i know you did take the time to meet with me in your office in washington. i did want to say thank you for that. you have mentioned that day the burden of the owners on gun stores the expanded background checks would cost. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the hall of her elementary school isn't as important as that? why is that not something that can be supported? >> erica, certainly let me just say that i'm obviously so sorry, and as everyone here, no matter what our views are, for what you have been through. as you and i both know, the issue wasn't a background check system at sandy hook. mental health, i hope, is the one thing that we can agree ongoing forward and getting done. because that seem
daughter drove from connecticut to confront senator kelley ayotte who voted against expanding background checks, calling them a burden on gun owners. >> i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in an elementary school isn't as important as that. >> i felt the enhanced improvements to our background checks system -- as you and i both know, the issue wasn't a background check system issue in sandy hook. >> erica lafferty didn't do this on her own. she was sent by the group mayors against illegal guns which helped cnn get this footage. and cnn is told billionaire new york mayor michael bloomberg's well-funded organization also plans to launch this tv ad thursday. >> senator ray yot is giving criminals a pass. >> it's shameful. >> reporter: it's one part of a coordinated effort to use this week's senate recess to keep the gun control issue alive. despite losing a pivotal vote two weeks ago to expand background checks. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> reporter: in order to find the 60 votes needed to pass a background check bill, supporters need to change some hal
sent erica lafferty to new hampshire to confront kelly ayotte. they helped cnn get this footage. she also voted against expanded background checks calling them a burden on gun owners. >> i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn't as important as that. >> i felt the enhanced improvements to our background check system. and as you and i know, the issue wasn't td background check system issue in sandy hook. >> reporter: to find 60 votes to overcome a fill busser, they have to change a half dozen senate minds going after republicans and democrats. montana's max back as one of four to vote no on expand background checks. a liberal group is trying to target him with a gun owning grandmother. >> aimed my handgun at the door and waited. guns can protect us, but we're less safe with guns in the wrong hands. >> reporter: the nra isn't taking anything for granted, pushing just as hard to keep those senators in their corner, running radio ads, praising no voters. >> and kelly had the courage to oppose misguided gun laws. >> report
, between kelly ayotte and one of her constituents at a town hall meeting in new hampshire. >> i have a question and it's based something that was said -- >> let me just say i do every town hall meeting this way and have a process and we will get to as many questions as we can so -- >> we don't want to regulate guns. >> well -- >> that was today in northern new hampshire. turns out that senate vote to filibuster background checks for gun sales, turns out that vote was not taken anonymously. people know how people voted on that. the political price of that vote is starting to get rung up. that's coming up in just a moment. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] this is a reason to look twice. this is a stunning work of technology. the 2013 lexus es and the first-ever es hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. the 2013 lexus es and the first-ever es hybrid. your chance to rise and shine. with centurylink as your trusted technology partner, you can do just that. with our visionary cloud infrastructure, global broadband network and custom communications solutions, your business is more reliabl
ayotte is asked again to defend her no vote on background checks. >> i really don't understand, it doesn't make sense to me, what is wrong with universal background checks? >>. >>> up in arms, senator pat toomey says he knows why his bipartisan gun bill died in the senate. >> i think in the end we didn't because our politics have become so polarized. and there are people on my side who didn't want to be perceived to be helping something that the president wants to accomplish. simply because it's the president who wants to accomplish it. >>> and google comes to us. we chat with executives eric schmidt and jerry cohen about the new digital age in their new book. >>> plus, from one former secretary to another, henry kissinger jokes about hillary clinton's 2016 prospects. >> became president. and that sort of started focusing my mind. i want to tell hillary when she misses the office, she looks at the history of secretaries of state, there might be hope for a fulfilling life afterwards. >> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington, the students accused of interfering with evidence lin
and for the american people. >> the issue of gun reform is also playing out far from the nation's capital. kelly ayotte of new hampshire, who voted against extended background checks is finding herself at the center of the debate. she is facing angry voters back home, for a political price. tensions boiled over in a town hall event yesterday. among those questioning the senator were erica lafferty, whose mother was murdered in the newtown massacre. >> you had mentioned that day, owners of gun stores, that the extended background chex would cost. i'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the hall of an elementary school isn't just as important as that? why is that something not being supported? >> erica, certainly, let me just say, that i'm obviously so sorry. and as everyone here, no matter what our views are, for what you have been through. and i think that ultimately, when we look at what happened in sandy hook, i understand that's what drove this whole discussion. all of us want to make sure that that doesn't happen again. i took a lot of heat. i will say, from even members
round. >> and 2,000 miles away, kelli ayotte was being questioned about her vote on background checks. >> i really don't understand. it doesn't make sense to me. what is wrong with universal background checks? [ applause ] >> i will tell you in terms of a universal background check as it's been framed, i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry that will create a privacy situation for lawful firearms owners. >> those answers were down pat, she knows it's coming. while recent polling shows senator ayotte losing support, a pair of democrats are seeing their numbers go in the opposite direction. according to public polly polling, 52% of voters in north carolina say they are more likely to reelect kay hagan because she voted for the measure. meanwhile the nra is holding its annual meeting in houston this weekend. that's expected to draw 80,000 people. that's more than last year's event. >>> with a shadow of the 2016 presidential race looming large, a new poll this week backs widespread speculation that at least for the moment hillary clinton is the odds on favorite to becom
or kelly ayotte that seems to be shaken from the response she's gotten in a purple state. >> here's senator kelly ayotte who has a rough couple of days facing constituents after voting down against background checks. she was confronted by the newtown principal's daughter who was killed in the massacre defending her students. yesterday she faced more heated backlash. let's look at this one. this is a new one. >>> that's close to home for a lot of people. just everybody wants to help the rebels in syria. but which one? some are aligned with al qaeda. you want to help them? a reality check tonight from our own richard engel. and we learned that job creation has been better than we ever thought for the past few months. the unemployment rate is down to 7.5. that's our angle tonight. and we already heard a lot from the nra today, but now this. the new president refers to the american civil war as the war -- not between the states, okay, the war of northern aggression. t powerful sunscreen feel great? actually it can. neutrogena® ultra sheer. its superior uva uvb protection helps prevent early sk
. >> the only people who are getting hurt are the people who don't like kelly ayotte this week. people like heidi heidkamp in north dakota, they're doing swimmingly who voted against the -- >> he's got the ultimate tool, chris, it's called that bully pulpit. he's used it ine feblgtsively. >> the latest "new york times"/cbs poll. voters in general and republicans specifically overwhelmingly back the president's position on background checks for gun purchases. and his role, position on path to citizenship under immigration reform. take a look at this. 86% of republicans say there should be stronger background checks. this is republicans. 84% say there should be a path to citizenship. offer for illegal immigrants. despite the overwhelming support nr these issues that obama agrees with, the country is deeply divided over who they trust on the issues of gun and immigration. catch this. you'll like this, michael. republicans in congress, i have to say, have a slight edge when it comes to guns. president has a slight end on immigration. on the topics of guns and immigration, look at what congressm
and the nra is responding in kind. >> one big person that's getting a lot of attention, senator kelly ayotte continues to be this lightning rod in the gun debate because of these town halls that she has held this week. we played that sound where she said the manchin/toomey bill could lead to a gun registry, except we know that inside that bill, it expressly excludes any type of registry. so is kelly ayotte engaging in politics of distortion oir is this a bigger problem, she just doesn't understand the bill she voted? >> it's politics of distortion, the same rhetoric you've always heard. the difference is this time, it's not flying. this time, it's been exposed and everyone who voted against 90% of the american public and the overwhelming will and safety of the american public, they're feeling the heat. that's what's different about this time. you know, the gun lobby is absolutely right in that this is a long-term war. it's not a war on the second amendment and the american public knows that. the american public knows that solutions like universal background checks actually strengthen the sec
to kelly ayotte in her town halls. and the number of polls coming out indicating that there may be some pushback. it is not a clear picture just yet. we're seeing some numbers coming in that are interesting regarding the senators who oppose the expanded background checks. >> reporter: being seeing polls in north carolina, louisiana, mary landrieu and kay hagan who voted for the bill and there is some polling that shows their ratings have improved over the last few months. and you're seeing the polling reach vice president biden's office. where politico reported today, he has held meetings with advocates over the last week or so. and he is very, very in tune to the polling. and i think we'll see the white house and other proponents pick up every little piece of poeg out there to try to prove their case. that they can go back at this and the politics are right for them. not the opponents. >> picking up on what you said. i want to play what the president said today. he was in mexico city and he discussed this gun situation. let's play it. >> i said the day that the legislation that had bee
some of the senators who voted no. i was up in new hampshire this week with kelly ayotte, the new hampshire republican senator who voted no against the proposal. she was coming under a lot of heat from folks who were upset at her vote. her town halls have had some passionate opponents raising concerns to her directly. she's certainly been uncomfortable with that sort of -- >> let me get to that. for people who didn't see it, she did get confronted by a number of people, including erica lafferty. she is the daughter of one of the newtown victims. she was actually on "hardball" last night. i want to the play what her reaction was to her interaction with kelly ayotte. >> i honestly just feel like she doesn't answer any question. i think maybe she is still unsure about why she voted other than that's what everyone else was doing. it really just seems like she has no defense every time she's asked the same question, it's a different answer over and over. >> e.j., to manu's point about how difficult this is going to be, is it going to take more of these town meetings and more pressure f
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